Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tuesday Thingers: Serial Killer (Or: Hi, I'm not dead.)
Do you collect any series? Do you read series books? Fantasy? Mystery? Science fiction? Religious? Other genre? Do you use the series feature in LT to help you find new books or figure out what you might be missing from a series?
I've been on vacation for the past ten days. Unfortunately, my post announcing this never went live (Thanks Blogger), so if you were wondering about my whereabouts, A. You're awesome and B. I'm not dead.
Series books had a big part in shaping my love of reading. Most of what I read as a kid were series: Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, The Baby-Sitters Club (at one point I'd read all of the BSC books in publication), Nancy Drew, The Heather Reed Mysteries, and some much-coveted Cherry Ames books that I procured in a school library sale. As a teenager, I read and enjoyed a lot of books by L.M. Montgomery (although I still haven't read the Anne books, I've read just about every other book she'd written) and Janette Oke.
It's no surprise that my love of series books continues as an adult. Probably thirty percent, if not more, of the books I own are part of a series. When I find characters I like, I want to hang onto them for awhile. Most of my series books tend to be mysteries, young adult, or a combination of the two: Miss Marple Mysteries and Hercule Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie, the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King, The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carmen, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, and a lots of television and movie tie-in series (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Star Wars, The X-Files), just to name a few.
I do browse LibraryThing's series feature from time to time. It's helpful for keeping track of which books I need, since, for the most part, I'm a series completist. I tend to hear about new series through other means, though. For instance, I discovered the Enola Holmes Mysteries while browsing Traci's library, I found the Cat Royal series by Julia Golding from the publisher's website, and I can blame the local PBS station, WHYY, for introducing me to Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series.